How counselling can help
Why is speaking to a counsellor different?
You may have a specific problem such as bereavement or loss of any kind, been made redundant or suffered a life changing event. You may feel depressed and anxious and you can not quite put your finger on why. There may be a sense of despair or hopelessness, or you may feel overwhelmed with feelings that you are struggling to understand.
Talking to family and friends can help. However, they may not be able to see your situation objectively or provide the support that you need. Sometimes others agree or disagree, or advise or reassure too readily. This can leave us caught in a cycle of restricted thoughts and feelings, with problems which never seem to be fully resolved or addressed. We may modify our behaviour to suit another's point of view, or keep our feelings inside for fear of being a burden or being judged.
Counsellors or therapists are specifically trained to be impartial and non-judgmental and to listen to you without the interruptions of everyday life.
How does therapy work?
Counselling or therapy can provide support through difficult periods in life and help to resolve past trauma or conflicts. Together both therapist and client work to uncover the root of how the client thinks and feels about him/herself and others. This self awareness helps the client to make positive changes and overcome difficulties they may be experiencing at this time.
Counselling may feel like a daunting prospect. I will offer you openness and honesty and encourage you to freely explore issues or difficulties that are concerning you in a safe and confidential environment. You can be assured that you will receive a professional service committed to your care.
For more information how therapy can help please see 'It's good to talk’. a link to the BACP website.
I use a process called Psychodynamic Counselling. This is a way of thinking about your past relationships and experiences and how these influence you now. Sometimes we are unaware of how our life experiences can dictate our values and assumptions. Linking the past to the present can help you to understand why you may act or feel a certain way, or give a reason why problems keep arising time and time again.
The consistency of the relationship between us and the knowledge that I will be alongside you in a professional capacity while listening and caring about what you have to say is a very important factor in promoting change.
I hold the Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling (University of Hertfordshire) gained through four years of intensive training.
I am a fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their code of conduct and ethical framework. I am constantly updating my skills and theoretical principles to ensure my practice adheres to the BACP ethical guidelines.
I am fully insured and hold an advanced DBS check.
As well as my private practice, I work for a counselling agency. During the course of my work, I see clients who are experiencing domestic violence, those who are bereaved, those who have lost a child (at any age), and young people. I also work for a charity supporting women who have or are still experiencing domestic abuse. Please see my Services page for specific issues that I have experience of working with.